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Ramjit Raghav aged 96 has become a father

An Indian man has become the world’s oldest father for the second time at the age of 96.

Ramjit Raghav was awarded the title two years ago when he had his first born son Karamjit aged 94.

Although he swore one was enough, the pensioner and his wife Shakuntala, 54, welcomed another son Ranjit, last month.

Speaking at his home in the state of Haryana, near Delhi, Mr Raghav said: "What can I do? This is all God's wish. He wanted me to have another son."

Mr Raghav told The Times of India that he had remained a bachelor and practiced celibacy throughout his life until he met Shakuntala about 10 years ago.

"After staying together, we decided to extend our family and aspired for two sons. With God's grace, our wish has been fulfilled."

Source: daily mail


Boy for Prince William and wife Kate

Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a boy on Monday, the couple's first child and the third in line to the British throne, heralding celebrations in London and messages of goodwill from across the world.

"We could not be happier," Prince William said in a brief statement, after he witnessed the birth of his son at 4:24 p.m. (11:24 a.m. ET), an event that sparked an international media frenzy and the illumination of London landmarks in blue.

His office said Kate and the baby, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz (3.8 kg) and to be publicly named at a later date, were both doing well and would stay in hospital overnight.

Prince William phoned his grandmother the queen to give her the news, and also contacted his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry, all of whom were said to be delighted. The addition to the family is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and William.

It might take some time for the name to emerge however. The announcement of William's name took more than a week, but bookmakers make George the favorite, followed by James.

As the birth of the queen's third great-grandchild was announced, a loud cheer went up from the well-wishers and media gathered outside St. Mary's Hospital in west London, where William was also born to the late Princess Diana in 1982.

"It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," said Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.

Within minutes, messages of congratulations began flooding in, while crowds gathered outside the queen's London residence Buckingham Palace where an official notice was placed on a gold-colored easel at the main gates.

Source: Reuters



Kangaroo care saves baby

They call it the kangaroo hug - cradling a new-born baby close to the body, raising its body temperature faster and better than any incubator, and 90 per cent effective in restoring body temperature to premature babies. But what about the mother whose loving cuddle of her dead baby brought him back to life?

Australia. The name of the mother is Kate Ogg, who had twin babies born prematurely at 27 weeks - first Emily, who survived and then after three hours of labour, Jamie who was still-born and after 20 minutes of struggling to get him to breathe, the doctors pronounced him dead. They then handed Jamie to his mother, wrapped in a blanket, for her to say goodbye.

Kate Ogg took the child from the blanket and held him close to her breast for two hours, cuddling him, speaking to him, touching him..., telling him his name, that he had a baby sister and telling him all the plans they had for him for his life... and then the baby started to move and breathe. The first gasp of breath was brushed off by doctors as a reflex action... then the mother gave him some milk from her breast on her finger. Jamie began breathing normally, opened his eyes and reached out for her finger with his hand.

Today, Jamie is five months old and has recovered totally, living at home with his parents and his twin sister. The mother appeared on Australian TV and wished to highlight what is known as the skin-to-skin method to revive sick babies, even those who appear to have been still-born, cuddling the baby with its head on the mother's arm and breast-feeding.

This traditional method has been shown to have far better recovery rates than whisking newborn babies off to hospital incubators. The statistics win 90 per cent to 60 per cent and the kangaroo care, skin-to-skin method, keeping the baby close to the mother's body like the kangaroo baby in the marsupial pouch, keeps the baby fed, organizes stimuli and aids circulation and regulates the body temperature.

The result, according to researchers, produces a reduced risk of hypothermia, a reduced incidence of infection, a reduced incidence of severe illness and better sleep patterns for newborn babies, and especially for infants born prematurely.

Source: pravda


Monsters University stays top of US box office

Disney-Pixar prequel Monsters University has topped the North American box office for the second week running, taking $46.1m (£30.2m)

Fox's action comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, was the highest new entry at number two, earning $40m (£26.2m)

It pushed Brad Pitt's World War Z down one place to third spot, with takings of $29.1m (£19m).Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx's White House Down debuted at number four.

1.         Monsters University - $46.1m

2.         The Heat - $40m

3.         World War Z - $29.8m

4.         White House Down - $25.7m

5.         Man of Steel - $20.8m

The debut buddy cop action thriller took $25.7m (£16.8m) over the weekend, early estimates have suggested, which is less than Sony expected.

Chris Aronson, Fox's president of domestic distribution, said: "I think the fact that we have a female-centric movie standing out in a forest of giant tent-pole movies is phenomenal,"

"Audiences really responded. We positioned this to be a female event movie, and we got the opening that we were hoping for this weekend."

Rory Bruer, Sony's president of worldwide distribution, said: "It turned out to be a very competitive weekend.

"We had hoped White House Down did better, just from the standpoint that we love this film, but I feel very hopeful that with the 4 July holiday coming up, it will be the perfect film for audiences, and it'll really add up for us."

Superman movie, Man of Steel, was at number five, with takings of $20.8m (£13.6m)


Source :BBC

Chinese Astronaut Gives First Space Lecture

BEIJING-  A special lecture began Thursday morning, given by a teacher aboard a space module about 340 km above her students on Earth, according to Xinhua news agency..

Female astronaut Wang Yaping, one of three crew members aboard the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft, greeted about 330 primary and middle school students at a Beijing high school through a live video feed.

"Hello everyone. I am Wang Yaping. I will host the lecture today," she said, smiling toward a camera onboard the space module Tiangong-1.

Wang and her crew members set off for outer space aboard the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft on June 11. The spacecraft docked with the Tiangong-1 on June 13.

The students she addressed were gathered at the High School Affiliated with Renmin University.

"I was very excited after learning that I could come to this class," said Luo Jiangyuan, a high school freshman who said he plans to study science in college.

"When I learned about the laws of physics and weightless conditions in class, I had to imagine what would happen. But in today's class, I've been able to see what really happens. It is thrilling," he said.

More than 60 million students and teachers at about 80,000 middle schools across the country also watched the live broadcast on TV.

Nie Haisheng, commander of the crew, made a show of putting his legs into a meditation position while floating in the air. Such a show can only be seen in martial arts movies but unable to be achieved by any Kungfu masters in reality on Earth.

"Thanks to the weightless conditions, we are all masters," Wang joked.

Wang showed the students how astronauts measure their weight in the orbiter using a special scale, as normal scales operating under the influence of gravity do not work in outer space.

She also conducted several demonstrations to show how "gravity" works in space, using both fixed and mobile gyros to demonstrate physics concepts.

She demonstrated how zero gravity magnifies the surface tension of water by using a metal ring and a bag filled with water to create a ball of water that was suspended in the air.

"I like all these demonstrations, the gyro and water ball ones particularly. They are all impossible on Earth. How wonderful," said Qian Jianghao, a 10-year-old primary school student.

The students raised a number of questions for the astronauts, asking them how they can tell up from down in space, as well as inquiring about their water recycling system and their view of Earth from the orbiter.

"Through the front windows, we can see Earth and many stars. But we haven't seen any UFOs," Wang said.

The stars in space are brighter, but do not twinkle, she said.

"I tell you a wonderful phenomenon: we can see sunrises 16 times a day, as we circle the Earth every 90 minutes," she said.

At the end of the class, the three astronauts extended their regards to the students.

"I hope all of you will study hard, learn more and contribute to the Chinese dream," said Nie.

"Outer space is deep and has numerous mysteries. Exploration is limitless and we should work together in this regard," said Zhang Xiaoguang, one of the crew.

Born in east China's Shandong Province, the 33-year-old Wang is China's second female astronaut after Liu Yang, who entered the record books after participating in the Shenzhou-9 mission, which took place in June 2012.

The world's first teacher in space was Christa McAuliffe, a 37-year-old middle school teacher from the United States. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger when it disintegrated 73 seconds after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. McAuliffe and her other six crewmates were killed.


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